FIt Mexican Stack

Fit Mexican Stack || Mimi's Fit Foods

OMG!  I seriously cannot believe that I haven’t blogged this yet.   I mean, I kind of can.  Mostly because whenever I make it we NEVER want to wait for me to snap photos of it before we eat.  Lucky for you all, the hubby and the baby were outside when this came out of the oven so I hurried as fast as I could to snap some photos before we gobbled it up.

Fit Mexican Stack | Mimi's Fit Foods

I’ve been making it for years.  It’s a family favorite.  It’s got all those classic Mexican flavors, but it’s oh-so-fun with the way it is layered and the layers definitely add some great texture.  I adapted the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. That should already sell you on the deliciousness, but let me just give you a few highlights.  Pretoasting the tortillas makes this dish a winner.  When they’ve been crisped up, they not only taste great, but they provide the necessary structure for the stack.  The toasted tortillas also help us to avoid that raw flavor and gummy texture that soggy tortillas can leave behind  So, the toasted tortillas are definitely a huge highlight.  Another huge highlight is the great amount of  filling you find between layers.  You will NOT feel short-changed here, folks. And, if I can, I must also highlight the mashed black beans.  I simply love them!

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So, what I’m saying here is that you should really make this because I’m pretty sure you’re going to find that it will become one of your family favorites too.  It’s a winner, hands down!

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Chicken and Tabouli Gyros

Chicken and Tabouli Gyros | Mimi's Fit Foods

As promised . . . here’s a yummy and healthy idea of ways to use that delicious Whole Wheat Flatbread!  These Gyros are sooooooo easy and they taste great.  All you do is make the Quinoa Tabouli, whip up some Whole Wheat Flatbread, throw in some shredded chicken, and you’ve got yourself a delicious Gyro!

Like I’ve mentioned several times before, I love cooking up a big batch of shredded chicken in my slow cooker so I can assemble meals at the drop-of-a-hat.  That’s what I had done here.  I had made the Quinoa Tabouli the day before, I already had shredded chicken sitting in my fridge, so really all I had to do for dinner was make the flatbread.

These taste super fresh and they’re very filling.  The only thing I think that would make these even better would be to add Tzatziki (you can make your own or buy it).  If you can spare a few extra calories, add it in!  It would take these from delicious to super delicious!

Chicken and Tabouli Gryos

1 Whole Wheat Flatbread
1/4 cup Quinoa Tabouli
3 ounces cooked and shredded chicken breast
Tzatziki, optional

To assemble place shredded chicken down the center of the flatbread.  Evenly top with Quinoa Tabouli.  If desired, top Tabouli with Tzatziki.  You can either fold in the sides of the flatbread and roll it up.  Or, you can fold it half like a taco.  Enjoy!

Serves 1 (but can easily be multiplied).

Nutritional Information per Gyro
Calories:  279.3
Protein:  25g
Carbs:  32.7g
Fat:  6.8g
Fiber:  4.6g
Sugars:  3.2g

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Pears

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Pears|Mimi's Fit Foods

Ok.  Ok.  I know this is not the most glamorous looking dish.  However, it is so darn easy, so darn healthy, and so darn good.  I just have to share!

The balsamic vinegar yields a nice tang, while the pears balance that out with a hint of sweetness.  You’ll also find that by cooking the chicken in the slow cooker you get some natural chicken broth that mixes with the balsamic vinegar and this gives the perfect low-calorie sauce.  We ate this dish with Baked Brown Rice and the sauce poured over the top was deeeeeelish!

Oh, and the slow cooker does all the work?  Awesome!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Pears
Adapted from Laa Loosh

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 medium sized pears, cored and sliced thick
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and let cook for about 4-6 hours on low, or until chicken falls apart easily.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving – Approx. 4 oz.)
Calories:  146.8
Protein:  23.2g
Carbs:  11g
Fat:  1.1g (0.0g = Sat.)
Fiber:  1.4g
Sugars:  8.6g (mostly from pears)

Roasted Asparagus and Chicken Pasta with Balsamic Butter

Roasted Asparagus and Chicken Pasta with Balsamic Butter|Mimi's Fit Foods

How about a pasta dish that is under 300 calories per serving?  Yes, please!

We love, love, LOVE this pasta dish!  When fresh asparagus hits the stores, this recipe immediately goes in our line-up!  The asparagus adds that great freshness to the overall taste, while the balsamic butter coats everything with a sweet tanginess.  And, fresh Parmesan?  The perfect way to top it all off!

The funny thing about this recipe is that it screams spring-time . . . thanks to that asparagus.  But, the balsamic butter also gives the recipe a bit of comfort.  In the fall/winter months when asparagus isn’t at it’s best, just sub in some steamed broccoli and you’ve got a dish that you can add to your favorites year-round!

Roasted Asparagus and Chicken Pasta with Balsamic Butter
Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

1 pound fresh asparagus spears
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon light or dark brown sugar
8 ounces whole wheat/grain penne pasta, dry
2 tablespoons light butter, cut into pieces (I used Smart Balance)
1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the asparagus spears into 1-inch pieces. Put the asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 of the pepper. Roast until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

While the asparagus roasts, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the vinegar is reduced to about 5 tablespoons, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in butter until melted.

Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling salted water until just done, 11-13 minutes. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Stir in the balsamic butter mixture. Toss to combine well. Add in the asparagus, chicken, Parmesan, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese for serving.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories:  298.5
Protein:  25.1g
Carbs:  36.3g
Fat:  7.3g (2.3g = Sat.)
Fiber:  5.6g
Sugars:  1.3g

Chicken Salad Sandwiches With Avocado (Mayo-Less)

Chicken Salad With Avocado | Mimi's Fit Foods

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so I just had to post another something green.  While this is great for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s really great for any day so you need to add it to your lists right now.  🙂

This is great because it is a chicken salad sandwich, but it’s using avocado instead of mayo.  Brilliant!  We get all the healthy benefits from using an avocado and we’re getting those good fats instead of the bad ones.  The avocado also offers a nice creamy texture and loads on the flavor (thanks to those good, healthy fats).  The egg also helps to boast the flavor while the dried cranberries balance things out with a hint of sweetness.  If desired, you can totally add chopped cashews to your sandwich to catch that traditional crunch you get from chicken salad.  I decided to omit them to save calories, but I’m sure they would be super delicious!

For someone who loves chicken salad sandwiches, I’m pretty darn happy with this version!

Chicken Salad Sandwiches With Avocado (Mayo-Less)
Adapted from The Skinny Fork

5 ounces chicken breast, cooked & shredded
1 medium hass avocado, mashed
1 large egg, hardboiled and diced
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
salt & pepper to taste
whole wheat bread (100 calories, per slice)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and fold gently to combine.  Divide in half and make two sandwiches.  (I make half sandwiches, using only one slice of bread.  And, in my case, I actually make three sandwiches out of this recipe.  Two bigger ones for me and the hubby, and a small one for the babe.)

Serves 2 (Generously).

Nutritional Information (Per Sandwich using 100 calories for bread)
Calories:  383
Protein:  24.9g
Carbs:  26.1g
Fat:  19.2g (1.3g = Sat.)
Fiber:  5.6g
Sugars:  8g

Fit Fajita Bowls

Fit Fajita Bowls | Mimi's Fit Foods

This is such a yummy clean, healthy, and gluten-free meal!  It’s loaded with protein, fiber, and traditional Mexican flavors.

These bowls are super easy to assemble.  All you do is throw in some rice, top it with black beans, smokey-cumin veggies, Mexican Chicken, Guacamole, and freshly cut green onions and cilantro.

When we ate these my hubby said they tasted like they came right out of a restaurant.  The great news is, that they tasted like Tex-Mex take-out, but I made them right at home with A LOT less calories and a higher nutritional content.  Woot!

Now, you can easily cut 100 calories off of these babies if you need/want.  All you do is omit the black beans and the Guac.  Admittedly, I think the bowls taste better with these ingredients in (which is why I have them in the official recipe) and they also add extra nutritional value.  But, if you’re really watching those calories and need a place to cut . . . these are the two ingredients I would chop.

I made my Easy Guacamole for these.  Why?  Because it’s super easy and delicious.  I also baked my brown rice so that I had one less thing to worry about while I was putting dinner together.  I love putting my rice in the oven and walking away without the worry of it boiling over, over cooking, or under cooking.

I hope you love these as much as we do!

Fit Fajita Bowl | Mimi's Fit Foods

Fit Fajita Bowl

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 bell peppers, sliced thin (any color)
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cumin
juice of 1 lime, divided
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup black beans (warmed, if desired)
1/4 cup Easy Guacamole
optional toppings:  chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, reduced fat cheese, salsa

Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Add peppers, onions, and cumin.  Sauté until the veggies soften, about 7-10 minutes.  Add half of the lime juice.  Set veggies aside.

Return skillet to heated stovetop and add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.  While olive oil is heating up (which won’t take long), coat chicken strips with taco seasoning and remaining lime juice.  Add chicken to the skillet and sauté until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink (timing of this will depend on how thick you cut your strips).  Remove from heat.

Now it’s time to assemble your bowls.  Place 1/2 cup cooked brown rice in each bowl, followed by 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 of the veggies, 1/4 of the chicken, 1 tablespoon Easy Guacamole, and desired toppings (I just did green onions and cilantro).  Repeat with remaining bowls.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Bowl)
Calories:  348.8
Protein:  24.4g
Carbs:  46.2g
Fat:  9.4g (0.8g = Sat.)
Fiber:  8g
Sugars:  2.9g

Fit Chicken, Broccoli and Noodle Casserole

Fit Chicken, Broccoli and Noodle Casserole | Mimi's Fit Foods

Here’s another casserole idea for you!  This is more of a “classic” casserole.  More like the kind that I grew up on.  It’s got shredded chicken, broccoli, and noodles that are all covered in a slightly cheesy sauce.  It’s topped with bread crumbs for a little crunch and texture of which I think that crispy top layer is most definitely my favorite part.

Can I just say that I love the fact that this casserole isn’t made with canned soup?  The sauce somewhat resembles it, but the homemade version of the sauce is much tastier and it also yields better nutritional value.  Yay!  Plus it’s really not that hard to make.

I will say that this casserole isn’t going to “blow your socks off” with crazy flavor.  It’s more mild in flavor, but is still super delicious.  It’s great because it will please just about anyone since there isn’t anything weird or extreme in it.  It’s just a fabulous comfort casserole without all the extra calories.

Also, this came together SUPER fast because I had already slow-cooked and shredded a big batch of chicken the day before I made this.  I like to do this every-so-often so that I have shredded chicken on hand for fast dinners.  The shredded chicken freezes well too, so this is a HUGE time saver for me.

I also saved the chicken broth from the slow cooker when I made that big batch of chicken and then I used it in this recipe.  You totally do not have to do this, but I thought I would share this little tip because it’s obviously “free” broth and I think it tastes a little better than canned broth.

Here’s to making dinner easy, simple, healthy and fast . . . for all of those crazy days!

Fit Chicken, Broccoli & Noodle Casserole | Mimi's Fit Foods

Fit Chicken, Broccoli and Noodle Casserole
Adapted from Skinny Taste

6 oz no-yolk noodles
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz fresh broccoli florets, chopped
1 tablespoons light butter (I used Smart Balance)
1 medium shallot, minced
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1-3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 cup 1% milk
12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
4 oz shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar
cooking spray
3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)

Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook on medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli and a little salt, sauté and cover the broccoli for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the broccoli begins to soften. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a large pot, heat butter over medium-low heat, when melted add the shallot andcook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.

Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat; whisk well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 7-10 minutes). Remove from heat and add reduced fat sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese; mix well until the cheese melts.

Add the shredded chicken, noodles and broccoli to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated.

Pour into a casserole dish and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp and golden (careful not to burn).

Serves 6 (Easily)

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories:  257.3
Protein:  13.5g
Carbs:  30.9g
Fat:  8g (3.9g = Sat.)
Fiber:  3.2g
Sugars: 4g